Indonesian team Alter Ego swept through the competition to claim the championship at the ONE Esports Mobile Legends Pro League Invitational (MPLI), punctuating their perfect run in the tournament with a 3-0 beatdown of MPL PH champions Bren Esports.
Alter Ego had a long and arduous road to the championship, which started with them breezing through fellow Indonesian teams EVOS Legends and Genflix Aerowolf in the first two rounds of the tournament.
That set Alter Ego up for a quarterfinals matchup against bitter rivals RRQ Hoshi, the team that defeated them in the MPL ID Season 6 Finals and were considered the clear favourites to win the MPLI.
What was forecast as a tightly-contested slugfest actually turned out to be a rout, as Alter Ego got their revenge on RRQ Hoshi to advance to the semifinals.
There, the eventual champions met dark horse Indonesian team Geek Fam, who were fresh off a stunning upset of MPL MY/SG champions Todak. Alter Ego made short work of the upstarts to secure their spot in the grand finals against Bren Esports, a team that most ranked above them.
Celiboy named MVP as Alter Ego dismantled Bren Esports
Alter Ego’s perfect run through the tournament thus far fuelled their seemingly unstoppable momentum, as Bren Esports folded in a game one that ended in just 12 minutes and with a highly-lopsided 26-4 kill score.
Celiboy had one of the best performances of the tournament, finishing with a 14/1/3 KDA on Brody to give Alter Ego a commanding win in the finals opener.
A seemingly discombobulated Bren Esports folded even faster in game two, which ended after just nine minutes of action. Celiboy had another great performance on Brody alongside Udil’s Luo-Yi, as they completely shut out their opponents and racked up another lopsided 15-5 kill score to earn match point.
With their backs against the wall, Bren Esports put up a much better fight in game three and were able to stand up to their opponents in the early teamfights. It hardly mattered, however, as Alter Ego were still able to find the opening they needed to win the game after 13 minutes, completing their perfect run through the MPLI and claiming the championship.
With their victory, Alter Ego claimed the lion’s share of US$35,000 out of the US$100,000 prize pool, while Bren Esports settled for US$18,000 in consolation.
Celiboy earned the tournament MVP award and an additional US$1,000 for his excellent play throughout the tournament, especially in the finals where his Brody essentially broke the back of Bren Esports in the first two games.
He racked up a total of 69 kills and 74 assists against just 21 deaths throughout the tournament, finishing with an excellent 7.69 KDA.
Alter Ego will be looking to carry over their momentum from their victory at the ONE Esports MPLI to the M2 World Championship, which will be hosted in Singapore in January next year.
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